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RANTZAU'S REPLY.

ALLIES ACCUSED. " (Received May 9, 1 p.m.) LONDON, May 8. When Berr Rantzau, Foreign Minister, commenced to speak, he was obviously labouring under excitement. His highly,nervous manner was in remarkable contrast to M. Clemenceau, who spoke with brevity and decision, exactly indicative of the attitude of the victorious Allies, though he was careful to point out that the Allies intended to treat the German delegates with all the courtesy which civilised committees owed each other. As M. Clemenceau addressed the gathering standing, everyone expected Herr Rantzal to follow his example, but he remained sitting > throughout his speech and its interpretation. i The speech became more truculent as it continued, particularly a passage denouncing the Allies' blockade., and accusing the Allies of sharing the guilt of war with Germany. A noteworthy passage was Rantzau's declaration that Germany's former rulers were responsible for Germany's share in the war, but all Europe shared the responsibility. He added: "We ai-e asked to confess we alone are guilty in starting the war. Such confession, in my mouth would be j a lie, for 50 years of European Imper- ' ialism poisoned the international atmosphere." ; (Received May 9, 3 p.m.) LONDON, May 8. The "Daily Telegraph's" Paris correspondent states:—Rantzau's speech was arrogant and aggressive; it was much loM^&r, more contentious, and provocative than was expected. Rantzau looked haggard, and his harangue cannot be exactly described as violent or defiant. Allowances must be made. As the Germans left the hall, I was struck by their pale and pinched appearance . .

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RANTZAU'S REPLY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9605, 9 May 1919

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RANTZAU'S REPLY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9605, 9 May 1919

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